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Do you guys agree with these rankings?

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Besides Booz Allen being in tier 2 (don’t think they even do strategy), would say pretty accurate.

But always feel that tiers are very industry subjective…in TMT, Altman Solon might be better than most tier 2 shops listed here. In FS, OW probably competes closely with MBB and is far ahead of any other tier 2 shop. In HCLS, LEK/ZS/Clearview are probably better than most tier 2 shops and even Bain (considering Bain’s lack of presence in LS)

So in conclusion…. It depends :)


Agree with all points.

This is so sad.

I’ve had a 30 year career and can unequivocally say to anybody: Go to the place that pays you well, allows for WLB, treats you with respect, and gives you opportunities to grow.

That’s all that matters. Not this prestige/tiering nonsense (it’s been around forever and was useless then as it is now).


SP1 I agree with you. I wish people would understand what you mean.

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I’ll take Tier whatever for enough pay and slightly better WLB.


The tiers basically correspond with compensation though for the most part — on average, MBB pays the most, followed by T2 and finally T3


Made by a guy from Booz lol.


Not all goes into the bureaucracy, there are some doing real work to help (at least on my team)

Booz is staff aug and IT consulting for the gov probably shouldn’t be in a strat list


Sure, but it's kind of high end staff aug. I know a few people in security that get paid bank at Booz. If I thought I could get clearance, I would have pursued it.


This list must have been made by someone in the Middle East because Booz Allen is only a “tier 2” boutique firm in the Middle East, and maybe in whatever commercial cyber projects they have in the US and elsewhere.


Bain isn’t actually In the same same tier as McKinsey and BCG in most places outside of the US…

I remember when I was considering em recruiting in Europe 5+ years ago it was RB, McKinsey, BCG


Real rankings my friend 🤣

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Don’t know what you all are smoking but my company in the resources industry goes to Microsoft for all our strategy work. They know their shit.


Where ZS 🥲


ZS is smaller but is the premier pharma consultant and they pay insanely well


I don’t see TCS or Cognizant on this list. Must be a mistake


I'm pretty sure C1 was making a joke.


Hot take, “Tiers” is a stupid, shallow, fictitious concept but if you put a gun to my head, I’d say there are only 2 Tiers: MBB/Not MBB.

I don’t agree with the concept of “Tiering” at all, but what I do know is the creation of a more in depth ladder/industry matrix is an effort by non-MBB people to shit on other non-MBB people to feel superior and less shitty about not being MBB themselves. Most of these people work for Deloitte.

-signed, career consultant, never MBB, with a secure sense of self


Agreed. In the end, we’re all just selling our time for some dollars.


This is like debating how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Pointless.


SM2, I am honored!

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Greek rank vibes


Now explain this - the big 4 are 4-5 times the revenue of every other firm on this thing. How is that the 3rd tier?


@SA1, regarding your statement on working at accounting firms, I am quite sure most of us here have not. This ranking is for strategy consulting and not accounting so your statement makes no sense. Just in case you didn’t know, strategy& and Parthenon are the strategy consulting arms of PwC and EY which are in T2, the other consulting functions in big 4 don’t do as much (if any) strategy work and that’s why they fall into T3. To quote you - literally look this up and you’re going to feel so stupid :)

Roland Berger? I think you meant Honey Badger


Honey badger DGAF


Snuck in Accenture there like we wouldn't notice


How can I be higher tier? :( i wanna be special. Any tips for being higher tier? I feel like my life will be complete if I join a tier 1 firm!


Once you do, you will weep because there are no more tiers to conquer.

Nobody cares


This was made by someone drinking a lot of Kool aid in Emea


If by tier 2, you mean every other firm. Then yes, that about right. And, add a tier 4 for Accenture


Agree…. And then……… Accenture


Add BDO into T3 imo


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